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2019 Summer REU in Distributed Computing Systems
at the University of Notre Dame
Our research group computer systems that allow many people to cooperate in the solution of problems that are too large for any single machine or person to attack. Students in this REU program will develop software and new techniques for managing computations that harness thousands of machines at once, such as the 20K-core cluster provided by the Center for Research Computing. These tools are used to attack problems in disciplines such as high energy physics, organic chemistry, biometrics, and bioinformatics.
We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities that are not well represented in computer science. We also encourage applications from students at regional colleges and universities. A summer research position is a great way to develop your skills and prepare for graduate school. This program will accept two applicants that will work alongside the staff and graduate students in the CCL.
Applicants must be enrolled in a computer science degree program or a closely related field. Some skill in one of the existing areas below is helpful, but not required.
Summer 2019 Focus Areas
Distributed Filesystems. Build and evaluate a scalable filesystem designed to distribute large software stacks and datasets to applications running on thousands of nodes. The filesystem will achieve stricy consistency via Merkle trees (like git) but also be effective at dealing with very large files. Relevant Skills: C, Python, Unix
Scalable Workflow Languages. Advance the development of Makeflow a language and a system for expressing large graphs of applications and scheduling them on to clusters, clouds, and grids. Relevant Skills: C, Python, Unix, cloud computing
Summer at Notre Dame
Summer research students will be paid a stipend of $800/week for nine weeks during the summer term, 27 May 2019 - 26 July 2019. Students must register for a zero-credit (no fee) course, which gives access to campus resources such as housing, computing, libraries, and athletic facilites. The stipend should be used to pay for housing, meals, and other living costs. Students may choose any housing on or off campus, but are invited to take advantage of on campus housing in order to meet other students involved in REU programs.
How to Apply
Send an email with the title "REU Application" to dthain at nd dot edu with the following information:
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